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>> All eyes are on Jerusalem in the coming days as the political, diplomatic, and military axis of the Middle East have shifted, and Israel finds itself at the center of all of it. This is Stephen Farrell for Reuters in Jerusalem. The possibility of war between Iran and Israel is at the forefront of everybody's minds.
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And it's been a long time since battlements, even those as strong as Suleiman the Magnificent's behind me, have been any sort of defense in modern warfare. In December, President Donald Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy there. That happens in a couple of days.
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A few months later, he decided to pull America out of the 2015 nuclear deal on Iran. We've started to see the aftershocks of that decision. Earlier this week Israel accused Iran of launching rocket attacks into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from Syria, just a couple of hours drive north of here.
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Israel hit back with rocket attacks and missiles into Syria in the heaviest barrage it's made since the beginning of the Syrian civil war eight years ago. There's a sense that Iran is maybe testing Israel, pushing the limits, seeing what the new rules are. Around these central figures you have other major players.
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Europe trying to figure out what it should do about the Iran nuclear deal. The Sunni Saudi regime, historically enemies of Iran's Shia finding themselves in lockstep with Israel, trying to oppose, trying to stop Iran's advancement in the region. And somewhere in the middle of all that Russia, present in Syria, working with Iran, but also talking to Israel.
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The political landscape of the Middle East has shifted considerably in the last few months. And everybody's trying to figure out where they stand in that landscape. But one thing's for sure right here in Jerusalem, we're at one of the fault lines should anything go wrong.